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November 21, 1783 - Hot Air Balloon Ride over Paris

Nathan Howes
Digital Reporter

On Nov. 21, 1783, French physician Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent, the marquis d’ Arlandes, made the first untethered hot-air balloon flight, flying 5.5 miles (8.85 km) over Paris in about 25 minutes.